Premise and History @ 07:49 pm
Blue Ridge is a sister game to Dresden Academey and a Potterverse rpg. Applications will always be open and the game will be played and expanded for as long and as crazy as we want to make. Blue Ridge is all about interactive plot where everyone can play, not just react. There are two schools in game; the Blue Ridge School for Witch Craft and Wizardry and Blue Ridge University which are set on the same campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia.
Blue Ridge School has had a major overhaul to the staff for the 2011-2012 school year as many of the older staff retired and needed to be replaced. Many staff members are questioning the school's logic in hiring the new headmaster. Headmaster Sato is now not only faced with the overwhelming responsibility of running a school but there is doubt every where he looks.
To make matters worse there is a dark force growing in secret. The influences are slowly infiltrating the school and soon the whole world, muggles and wizards alike will know what has been laying dormant in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Established in 1750 by Percival Walker, Blue Ridge School of Witchcraft and Wizardy was one of the first American schools for magic. It was built while Georgia was still a colony to England and still remains somewhat tied to that heritage. It was a relatively small school with only King's Hall, Valley Hall, and Georgia Hall. Students were separated by dorms into the five "houses"; Appalachia, Shenandoah, Roanoke, Quirank, and Shawnee. By 1755, work began on University Hall and the building was finished in the spring, it still remains the largest building on campus. It took several years to get off the ground and running but once it was established, Blue Ridge School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and Blue Ridge University became a power house, drawing in students from all over the country.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775-1783. The school faced enrollment issues and suffered funding throughout the war but they kept their doors open for wizards and witches who still wanted to be educated. After the war ended the school's enrollment more than doubled and the school had an influx of funding for new programs. This helped develop unique University studies and cirriculums.
Just short of eighty peaceful and prosperous years passed for the school before the Civil War broke out in 1861. The school's faculty was split as to what side they took in the conflict but headmistress, Margaret Bainbridge was there to hold the school together through the entire war. She told faculty that if they had a strong opinion either way to go fight in the war but to keep their opinions and conflict out of the school. Though several of the faculty left the school because of Bainbridge's strict "no side taking" policies, the school carried on. Since they maintained a strict neutrality in the war, they were able to keep their funds relatively safe and Bainbridge's tactic saved the school from falling into debt and disrepair. In 1866, a year after the war had ended, the school built a new library, it was later named in honor of Margaret Bainbridge in 1906 after she died.
The 1870's saw a rather large expansion to the school. Six dormitories were built for the ever growing student body, now each house had their own dormitory including the University. A small community was built at the northern boundary for staff who choose to live on campus, the community was called Black Bear Road and is still home to many staff members and their families. In the same building spree, the greenhouse and the garden were built at the edge of campus.
No matter how much diversity the school pulled in, it could never forget it's Southern roots. In 1888, an in depth sports program was developed and a large gymnasium was built. Quodpot and quidditch fields were made the same year. Later additions included the pool in 1932 and the dance studio in 1970. Since the late 1800s the school has been entrenched in athletics and a lot of the funding continues to go into the sport's programs so Blue Ridge's teams can compete on a national level.
The most recent addition to the school was the University culinary kitchen. It was built in 1985 when the school decided to add a culinary program.
Throughout the years, the school has been faced with adversity, turbulent times, and good times. The school has seen it's fair shares of ups and downs and had quite a few nears misses but still Blue Ridge is one of the most highly respected schools in America and remains strongly funded to this day.
At the end of the 2010 school year Headmaster Jacob Cotts retired and left the young, inexperienced Ichirou Sato in his place. Cotts was convinced that Sato could handle the responsibility but other staff members are not so sure. This year will prove if Cotts was out of his mind when he made his decision for a replacement or if he saw something that no one else did.